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I. heart. honey.
I eat honey almost daily (sometimes more) – I usually start the day with peanut butter and banana toast drizzled with honey or a bowl of oatmeal flavored with honey. I add it to salad dressings, chicken dishes, roasted veggies, fruit desserts and on and on. So, while I was giddy when the National Honey Board approached The Recipe ReDux about doing an entertaining and holiday recipe challenge, I actually had a hard time narrowing down what exactly to create because it is such a versatile ingredient.
Despite being a YO! Philly gal, I kid a lot that deep down I’m a Southern Wannabe (I’m unofficially under the tutelage of Alabama born & bred belles Regan Jones and Holley Grainger.) As such, I try to fill my pantry with Southern home cook staples. So, when my half used bag of War Eagle Grits caught my eye, I decided to whip up some sweet breakfast grits – a fun dish for casual brunches with friends and family or for a switch from cold cereal breakfasts when you are vacationing with a group at the lake/beach or even camping.
Now what I really love about honey is that it’s not just a sweetener, it’s truly a flavor enhancer. I enjoy experimenting with different varieties (bees gather pollen from different flowers thus giving their honey subtle flavors of those plants.) There are over 300 varietals of honey just here in the United States! Want to know what you can find where you live? This cool Honey Locator site list varietals available by state.
Currently, I have clover honey, which has a fresh, light flavor and sage honey, which has a deeper, almost smoky flavor. Someday, I’d love to do a honey tasting (much like a wine tasting.)Print
Honey Nut Breakfast Grits
Make your own honey nut breakfast cereal with grits! Toasted almonds, milk and sweet honey with whole grain grits are a healthy way to start your day.
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 2 cups fat-free milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup stone ground grits
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup almond slivers, toasted
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 4 teaspoons honey
- In a large pot, add milk, water, grits and salt; bring to a boil. Mix in 2 tablespoons honey and butter; reduce to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes or until grits thicken.
- While grits are cooking, toast almonds in a frying pan over medium heat, stirring often, for about 8 – 10 minutes or until they are slightly browned.
- Remove grits from heat and mix in almond extract. Ladle into four bowls; topping each with 1 tablespoon of toasted almonds and 1 teaspoon honey.
Let us know, are you a honey lover? How do you like to use it? Do you have a favorite flavor?